Gear Review

5 5

Alaska tough

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love everything but the color (a little too hunter orange for my liking - would've preferred something with the brightness toned down a bit). Very lightweight yet warm. Keeps out the wind and moisture but also vented moisture out very well. Most shells I've used leave me feeling wet from sweat but I've not had that problem with this shell. The armpit vents are great. The sleeves are quite long - I'm 5'10" 180 lbs - started with a medium because all of my other tops/shirts are that size - very tight fit but the arms were perfect. Exchanged it for a large which fits great - plenty of room for layers - but the sleeves are about 3 inches too long; however it's an easy fix with the Velcro at the wrist. I had this trailblazing/bushwacking in Alaska through very thick brush and a TON of Devil's Club and it came out without a scratch - So A+ on durability!
I'll also mention that I sledded on my butt down a mountain for about 800 ft and the adjustable elastic strap in the waist kept the snow out just fine.